Avalanche Kills Two Skiers On Petit Som On Chartreuse Massif In France


Chartreuse, France – On Saturday, December 2, 2017, two skiers were killed in an avalanche near the Pas du Loup under the col de Lechaud on the south face of Petit Som on the Chartreuse Massif in southeastern France.

France | Pixabay Image
France | Pixabay Image

When the skiers did not return from their ski tour, their family alerted authorities. The skier’s car was located in the Habert, Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse parking area and a search of the area ensued. On Sunday morning, rescuers in a helicopter located the victims under the snow and PGHM recovered them.

There were no witnesses to this avalanche. It is unclear whether the avalanche was natural or human triggered.

LePaysGessien.fr identified the victims as Olivier Justin and Jean-Luc Cheynel. They were teachers at Marlioz High School in Aix-Les-Bains.

ANENA posted the following on Facebook about the accident:

On Sunday morning a 47-year-old ski tourer was found dead near the Dent de Crolles after falling over 100 meter cliffs during poor visibility. It is unclear what caused this accident. According to ANENA.org, this was an avalanche fatality:

We will try to update this post when more information is available.

See Also: Global Avalanche Accidents 2017/2018

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